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Teenage and Young Adult Cancer MDT

The Oxford Paediatric Department based at the Children's Hospital and the Adult Oncology and Haematology departments based at the Oxford Cancer Centre work in partnership to form the designated Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Principal Treatment Centre (PTC).

The catchment population for the service is approximately 2.3 million. Referrals to the service are made from Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire. In addition the Sarcoma Service receives referrals from the South West of England.

The PTC provides age-appropriate care, including diagnosis, treatment and management for teenagers and young adults aged 16-24 (up to their 25th birthday). Treatment is available for a wide range of cancers, and there are close links with the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre for sarcoma patients.

Paediatric Haematology/Oncology is based at the Children's Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital site.

Adult Oncology/Haematology is based at the Churchill Hospital.

Multidisciplinary team (MDT)

The TYA MDT is a psychosocial MDT, not a diagnostic MDT.

The TYA MDT is held every Monday and all 16-24 year olds with a cancer diagnosis from within the Thames valley must be referred to the MDT for discussion.

NB: a referral to the TYA MDT at Oxford does not constitute a transfer of the medical care of the patient.

The TYA MDT is an essential component in providing high quality care to teenagers and young adults with cancer. The function of the MDT is to support the treatment recommendations made by the site specific MDT and to consider this in context of the psychosocial needs of the young person at the following time points:

  • new diagnosis
  • where there has been significant change i.e. relapse, toxicities
  • end of treatment
  • time of transition.

The MDT will ensure that:

  • patients are offered all appropriate avenues of support
  • psychological and social needs of TYA patients are addressed
  • patients are considered from a range of viewpoints and expertise
  • there is regular professional discussion and shared learning.

An MDT referral form can be requested from the TYA MDT Co-ordinator at:


16-18 year olds must be referred to the Principal Treatment Centre (PTC) for treatment.

If the young person is in full-time education, they will be under the care of the paediatric team and treated at the Children's Hospital at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Others within this age group not in full-time education will be considered on an individual basis as to the most appropriate place for treatment (children's or adults' services). Some care may be arranged closer to home at the local designated hospital with agreement of the PTC; this must be age appropriate without compromise to quality, trial or study entry or clinical safety.

For referring patients aged 16-18 call Kamran's Ward on 01865 234068/69 to contact the on call consultant/team, or the secretaries on 01865 234196.

19-24 year olds should be offered the choice of where to receive their treatment at OUH, within the Oxford Cancer Centre at the Churchill Hospital or at their local designated hospital (if relevant service available).

For referring patients aged 19-24 for treatment contact the relevant site-specific treating team/consultant: if unsure please contact the TYA team who will be able to advise.

TYA Specialist Cancer Care Team

  • TYA PTC Lead Clinician - Dr Georgina Hall
  • TYA MDT Lead - Dr David Cutter
  • TYA PTC Lead Nurse - Karen Sherbourne

The TYA Specialist Team is a dedicated group of professionals:

  • Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Worker
  • CLIC Sargent Social worker
  • CLIC Sargent Community Worker
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • TYA Specialist Nurse

who work alongside the young person's medical and nursing teams, who manage the young person's treatment to give them extra care and support, providing care that extends beyond the direct focus of the young person's treatment.

Contact us

Service Leads

  • Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care Team office
    Level 1, Cancer and Haematology Centre
    Churchill Hospital
    Old Road
    Oxford OX3 7LJ
  • Tel: 01865 572281

Further information

For more information please see:

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